Spicy Napkins

These napkins were inspired by the colours in my kitchen/family room, and remind me of spices: turmeric, cayenne and nutmeg.  I intend to weave luncheon size napkins and they are 18” x 18” on the loom.  I saw the colour and weave draft on Pinterest, and the source of the draft for the colour and weave section is found on Handweaving.net: Figure 108, A Manual of Weave Construction, Ivo Kastanek, 2 shaft, 2 treadle.

For these napkins I used the colour and weave draft for the first half of the warp, and for the second half of the warp I used the same number of threads of each colour to create colour blocks.  When woven, I treadled in plain weave following the colour order of the warp.  (I added a one inch hem on each end of each napkin).  This gives me a square napkin with one quadrant showing the colour and weave pattern, one quadrant with horizontal stripes, one quadrant with vertical stripes and the final quadrants with colour blocks.  Although I wove all four napkins the same way, the changing colours kept it interesting.

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Technical Details:

Measure Warp: 18” wide, 20 e.p.i., 4 yards long (320 ends)

Colour order:  Cayenne 2, Brown 1, Cayenne 2, Brown 1, Cayenne 3, Brown 1, Cayenne 2, Brown 1, Cayenne 2, Yellow 1.

repeat above 9 more times, then

Cayenne 110, Yellow 10, Brown 40

Size on loom: approx 18” wide x 20” woven (includes 1” hem on each end)

Finished size: 15” wide x 15” long after washing and hemming

Reed: 12 dent reed

Sett:  18 ends per inch

# of warp ends: 320

Sley: 2/1 in a 12 dent reed

Picks per inch: 18 p.p.i.

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8 Responses to Spicy Napkins

  1. They look good and the colour choice would fit in my home, too. Thanks for sharing the technical details. I wish more weaving bloggers did that, not so I can copy their designs but to better understand how they achieved their results.

    • Thanks, good kitchen colours, right! I try to put in technical details when I believe it is not infringing on copyright of others, and, of course try to give credit where due. I’m glad you like my napkins.

  2. Vicki says:

    they look awesome Barb, the colours will look great.

  3. Thanks, Vicki, it was fun to see the colours come together they way they did in my head.

  4. Linda Meneghello says:

    Awesome–let’s get together for tee in March–I am home next week on the 27th

  5. KerryCan says:

    I love these! Those colors are so rich and, yes, really spicy! What fiber did you use? Did I miss that? Is it 16/2 cotton?

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